Monthly Archives: June 2009

New York City government seeks data miners

Sewell Chan and Patrick McGeehan report today in the New York Times that the New York City government is out to make its piles of public data actually usable: In what is planned to become an annual competition known as … Continue reading

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Disk drive reliability in detail

I tend to get abstract and philosophical about data here, and it’s good to have have an occasional splash in the cold water of how the stuff gets stored. Jon Elerath’s article on hard disk reliability in the June 2009 … Continue reading

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The two cultures

Jon Stokes has an excellent description of the two contrasting philosophies of information management in his comparison of the Palm Pre and the iPhone. He names the two approaches “structure-and-browse” and “collect-and-query”. I feel like I’ve been groping for these … Continue reading

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